Course Information

Course title 
Methods in Mathematical
Physics 
Course number 
Physics 8660

Course description 
Concentrates on mathematical
techniques used in modern physics. Infinite series, functions of
a complex variable, differential equations, Fourier series and
integral, etc.

Course date 
Monday, Aug.
25  Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008 
Location 
Room 433 Physics
Building 
Meeting day(s) 
Tuesdays, Thursdays (lectures) 
Meeting time(s) 
9:00  10:15 AM 
Prerequisite(s) 
PHYSICS 4700 or instructor's
consent. 
Instructor

Name 
Maikel Rheinstadter 
Course Email 
RheinstadterM@missouri.edu 
Office location 
Room 318 Physics
Building 
Office hours 
Office hours: Thursdays 1 to 2:45 PM, Rm 318,
or can be determined by mutual agreement in the first class or
by (email) appointment. 
Phone 
8823217 
Textbooks

Required reading 
Mathematical Methods For
Physics,
by H. W. Wyld,
Published by Westview Press, March 1999
Paperback
ISBN10: 9780738201252
ISBN13: 0738201251 
Course Policies


1. Class
This is a 3 credit hours course.
2. Lectures
You are required to attend lectures and read the material from your textbook
prior
to lectures.
3. Homework
There will be 6 homework assignments, each with two problems (on
average). Homework will be graded and each problem sheet is worth 20 points. The
problems will be available online and due approximately two
weeks after they have been distributed. The exact dates can be found
in the course calendar. Late assignments will not be accepted
without an acceptable reason such as illness. Problems will be discussed and solutions
given in the lecture. Your homework solutions should be
thorough, selfcontained, and logical. Explain your steps.
4. Exam
There will be
a final exam during class
time, worth 80 points. You automatically receive a grade of F in
this class if you miss the exam.
5. Attendance
Attendance will be taken. Each lecture is worth 1 point (30
points in total).
6. Student behavior
You are required to come to class on time. Please turn off your cell phones before coming
to class. The student whose cell phone rings during class will be asked to
leave the class.

Grading Scheme


Course grades
will be given on the plus/minus scale, based on the following scheme:
Exam

80

6 Graded
Homework

120

Attendance

30

Total Points

230 

Percentage

Grade

less than 65%

F

65% to 67.9%

D

68% to 68.9%

C

69% to 74.9%

C

75% to 76.9%

C+

77% to 78.9%

B

79% to 83.9%

B

84% to 86.9%

B+

87% to 88.9%

A

89% to 92.9%

A

93% and above

A+



Special Needs


If you need
accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information
to share with me, or if you need special arrangements in case the building
must be evacuated, please inform me immediately. Please see me privately
after class, or at my office.
To request academic accommodations (for example,
a note taker), students must also register with Disability Services, AO38
Brady Commons, 8824696. It is the campus office responsible for reviewing
documentation provided by students requesting academic accommodations, and
for accommodations planning in cooperation with students and instructors,
as needed and consistent with course requirements.

University
Policy on Academic Dishonesty


Academic honesty
is fundamental to the activities and principles of a university. All members
of the academic community must be confident that each person's work has been
responsibly and honorably acquired, developed and presented. Any effort to
gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the
effort is successful. The academic community regards academic dishonesty
as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences that range from
probation to expulsion. When in doubt about plagiarism, paraphrasing, quoting,
or collaboration, consult us.
The University has specific academic dishonesty administrative
procedures. Although policy states that cases of academic dishonesty must
be reported to the Office of the Provost for possible action, instructors
may assign a failing grade for an assignment or a failing grade for the course,
or may adjust a grade as deemed appropriate. Instructors also may require
students to repeat the assignment or to perform additional assignments.
